MINUTES OF LNPG MEETING
HELD AT 8.00 pm ON THE
26th SEPTEMBER 2017 AT LENHAM COMMUNITY CENTRE PRESENT: S MacKenzie (Chairman Presiding), R Greenwood (Chairman Lenham Parish Council), N Osborne, M Cockett, P Culver, J Hatcher, P McCreery APOLOGIES: A Walmsley, H Shotter, V Woollven Feedback from pre-consultation event From conversations SM and PC had with people attending the event the following points arose:
- A general acceptance of need to deliver 1,000 houses
- Appreciation that delivery must take place on land available so Housing Policy allocations largely driven by available land
- A need to cater for downsizing empty nesters
- Need to protect Tithe Barn and the church from encroaching development and to protect the views from these buildings
- It was frequently expressed that:
a) parking is a nightmare and will get worse - this must be addressed
b) one primary school better than two
c) concern regarding medical facilities, one additional consulting room was not enough
- Sports pitches
a) There was strong support for additional sports fields
b) There was preference on balance for sports facilities on the west but noting this would remove housing that must be replaced
The plan makes insufficient allowance for parking at the recreation area
d) Safe passage would be required particularly if on the east – needs paved footpaths/cycleways
e) There were mixed views on floodlit pitches on the east - preferred in the west
- It was felt the southern/western link road was a good idea but will encourage traffic from housing development to the north of Headcorn, already volume of traffic through Platts Heath increasing and problematic (expressed by a Platts Heath resident)
- All junctions to A20 need improving – access from east Lenham junction with Tanyard and Barr development will be a nightmare
MC, who was preparing analysis of completed questionnaires, stated that 80 had been plotted thus far
PM stated that he would prepare a proposition of all notes including his own together with questionnaires to see if there was any actionable points arising but there was the need to await receipt of any further completed questionnaires following the cut off date of 31st September
PM stated that he wants to produce an estimated project report, effectively a programme of work, he will prepare a detailed work programme and circulate in readiness for discussion at next LNPG meeting but the outline of this would be:
- Regulation 14 Policies need to be rewritten to avoid objections from MBC
- Draft and agree “Explanatory Memorandum” supporting and explaining Policies
- The Draft Plan needs revised/expanded “Lenham Policies Map”
- A new report is required for the Basic Conditions
- Statement of Public Consultations needs to be updated
- Local Green Spaces - LNPG needs to revisit this following comments from MBC
- Infrastructure Delivery Report A new Infrastructure Report needs preparing following consultation with infrastructure providers and then confirmation with developers
- SEA/SA This is being prepared by others but PM wishes to check through draft report
- LNPG needs to write policies for each of the 3 major commitment sites
- LNPG will also need policies for Potential Environmental Enhancement sites and agree wording with MBC
- LNPG needs to consult with developers on new draft policies requested by MBC and the developers need to produce a master plan/plans for all three areas which need to be annexed to LNP. To achieve this PM is suggesting the setting up of a Developers’ Implementation Group.
- PM needs to discuss Agriculture Land Quality with developers/landowners and a report needs to be prepared
- Health – LNPG needs to work with health providers and discuss the requirements for expanding the surgery.
PM is suggesting setting up morning workshops to work through new documents.
Following the discussions at next LNPG meeting, the same needs to be agreed by LPC. Once finalised this work programme needs to be placed on website and forwarded to Borough and County Councillors. PM also suggests LNPG instigates the use of Twitter and Facebook.
Maidstone Local Plan - Following discussions it was agreed to take no further action with regard to Helen Whately’s letter to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Social Housing – NO stated that he and RG had had a meeting with a company who purchased land for the development of social housing. It was agreed that this would need agreement of MBC and any further discussions need to take place with MBC.
SEA - This report was being prepared by AECOM.
AOB – SM has been informed that the Towers family have now appointed a family member to be their professional representative.
MEETING CLOSED - 10.00pm. NEXT MEETING - 10th OCTOBER 2017